ITHACA, N.Y. — Cold, snow and problematic mud could not stop a 170-year-old Ithaca house from being moved down Coddington Road Wednesday morning.

The move is part of an unusual agreement that the home’s former owner, Orlando Iacovelli, offered earlier this year: move the house and it’s yours for free.

Ithacans Bill and Susan Lesser took on the challenge. They live just down the street from 341 Coddington Road and have a soft-spot fro Greek Revivals.

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“Susan and I like Greek Revivals, we like the idea of saving a historic property, the house is gutted but it has a nice feel to it, it has a lot of windows and natural light. We feel really good about what we’re doing and we feel we could make it into a real asset for us, the Coddington Road community, and the whole Ithaca area,” Bill Lesser previously said.

The move too hours as crews worked to haul the house up a small incline through mud and snow. The painstakingly slow process eventually got the house to the road where crews had to keep an eye out for stray tree branches and ensure all the necessary powerlines were down.

Check out the photos below of the start of the move. We’ll be swinging by the property later today to take a few more pics of the home in its new spot. All photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice. 

Jolene Almendarez

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